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U.S. Open Cup: NY Red Bulls Defeat Amateur Club Reading United 2-0

U.S. Open Cup: NY Red Bulls Defeat Amateur Club Reading United 2-0

The New York Red Bulls battled in their first game of the centennial U.S. Open Cup against a mix of college students and amateur players from Reading United AC. The visitors were granted the chance to play against the Red Bulls after defeating USL PRO  side Harrisburg City Islanders 1-0 in the second round last [...]

DFB-Pokal Final: Bayern Munich in Search of Treble Against Stuttgart

DFB-Pokal Final: Bayern Munich in Search of Treble Against Stuttgart

Both the Bundesliga and Champions League medals are in Bayern Munich’s back pocket, with one more feat in mind — the German Cup.  More commonly known as DFB-Pokal, the Bavarians will certainly not rest on their laurels as they seek to end their 2012/13 campaign on an all-time high with the treble right in front [...]

Newcastle United: Why Steve Black and White Plus One Sugar Could Lead to Cup Success for the Magpies

Newcastle United: Why Steve Black and White Plus One Sugar Could Lead to Cup Success for the Magpies

Alan Pardew received the backing of owner Mike Ashley last week after a turbulent season. Despite finishing in the Last 16 of all Europe, Newcastle’s final 16th position in the Premier League led to many Geordie fans calling for managerial change at St. James’ Park. Rafa Benitez, Roberto Martinez, even Jose Mourinho were linked with [...]

Seattle Sounders Eliminated from U.S. Open Cup at the Hands of the Tampa Bay Rowdies

Seattle Sounders Eliminated from U.S. Open Cup at the Hands of the Tampa Bay Rowdies

The Tampa Bay Rowdies upset the Seattle Sounders Wednesday night 1-0 in Tampa the end the MLS club’s U.S. Open Cup campaign earlier than expected. Georgi Hristov gave the Rowdies the lead in the 75th minute, and that ended up being the difference. Rowdies coach Ricky Hill loved his team’s defensive effort especially given their [...]

Inter Milan: How Walter Mazzarri May Reshape Nerazzurri

Inter Milan: How Walter Mazzarri May Reshape Nerazzurri

After reaching Champions League qualification with Sampdoria, and leading Napoli to compete for the title, Walter Mazzarri is expected to face the biggest assignment of his career: reshaping Inter and bringing Nerazzurri back to the top of Serie A. In his career, Mazzarri has always showed character, pluck and determination, building teams who embodied his [...]

Tottenham Hotspur Turn to David Villa and Jackson Martinez to Resolve Striker Issues

Tottenham Hotspur Turn to David Villa and Jackson Martinez to Resolve Striker Issues

It was another brutal end of the season for Tottenham Hotspur and their fans as thee team again fell just short of Champions League play for next season. This year it was only one point that differentiated fourth-placed Arsenal from fifth-placed Tottenham. Inspired by Gareth Bale, who scored 21 goals and carried the side for [...]

Stoke City Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic May Join Liverpool this Summer

Stoke City Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic May Join Liverpool this Summer

As Tony Pulis has already made way from the Britannia, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic may quickly follow suit this summer as reports indicate the Bosnian desires to join Liverpool. With a price tag rumored to be around  £15 million, Liverpool could secure his services in order to replace long-term goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who has been linked to [...]

Paul Pogba May Make Premier League Return with Arsenal

Paul Pogba May Make Premier League Return with Arsenal

Only a few years removed from his spat with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United resulting in a move to Juventus, Paul Pogba may return to the Premier League this summer, but this time for Arsenal.  According to IB Times, the Gunners are keen on Pogba’s services to help strengthen their midfield for next seasons [...]

SWOL Exclusive: Omar Gonzalez Talks USMNT and WCQ

SWOL Exclusive: Omar Gonzalez Talks USMNT and WCQ

Friday evening I had the pleasure to speak with Omar Gonzalez of the United States Men’s National Team and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Gonzalez was about to come face to face with a group of fans at the Carson California AT&T retail store at an event co-hosted by Major League Soccer and major sponsor AT&T. [...]

Newcastle United: ‘Cheat, Cheat, Cheat’ – The Time Fergie and The FA Fixed Kevin Keegan’s Premier League Title

Newcastle United: ‘Cheat, Cheat, Cheat’ – The Time Fergie and The FA Fixed Kevin Keegan’s Premier League Title

The League table doesn’t lie is the sporting maxim – nor did Lance Armstrong, right? Newcastle United were the emerging superpower of The Premier League in the mid-1990s. With Kevin Keegan as Manager and his attacking, swashbuckling football financed by Sir John Hall’s millions, ‘The Entertainers’ as they were known threatened to take over the [...]

Keane Puts On a Show Leading Galaxy to a 4-0 Win Over Sounders

Keane Puts On a Show Leading Galaxy to a 4-0 Win Over Sounders

The Seattle Sounders were running a six-game undefeated streak before visiting the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday night. A streak they saw swiftly slip away, as the Galaxy made quick work of them, scoring the four goals of their 4-0 victory on the first half. The Galaxy had lost three of their last four matches prior [...]

Manchester United Rumors: Marouane Fellaini Targeted by Former Manager David Moyes

Manchester United Rumors: Marouane Fellaini Targeted by Former Manager David Moyes

Ready yourselves Manchester United fans as newly appointed manager David Moyes may embark on a raid of former club, Everton.  As United currently have Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones all fighting for the central midfield role now that Paul Scholes has set off into retirement, another defensive minded midfielder may find his way [...]

Jose Mourinho May Take Michael Essien Back to Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho May Take Michael Essien Back to Stamford Bridge

According to reports from FOX Sports, Michael Essien seems to be heading back to Chelsea this summer, just as Jose Mourinho seems to be set to do the same.  The Ghanian appeared in 20 matches under Mourinho this season in La Liga and often times was moved from his natural defensive midfield position, to that [...]

MLS Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy

MLS Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy

There has been more hype than usual surrounding Sunday’s MLS match between the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy due to the addition of Robbie Rogers to the Galaxy roster. Rogers was acquired by the Galaxy on Saturday and in return the Chicago Fire received Mike Magee, who has been a reliable veteran in the [...]

Newcastle United: Top Five Players of the 2012/13 Season

Newcastle United: Top Five Players of the 2012/13 Season

It was a season of mixed fortunes for The Magpies. An impressive Europa League campaign saw Alan Pardew’s men reach the Quarter-Final stages of Europe’s second major competition where they were beaten by eventual finalists, Benfica. Their Premier League campaign, however, suffered majorly as a result and the club finished just above the relegation places [...]

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew vs New York Red Bulls

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew vs New York Red Bulls

The Columbus Crew travel to Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening to face off against a resurgent New York Red Bulls side. Tim Cahill has been netting goals galore in recent weeks and continues to lift his side up the table.  The Eastern conference foes face off for the second time this MLS season, in [...]